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Trapping light with a twister

December 23, 2014 | Comments

Researchers at MIT who succeeded last year in creating a material that could trap light and stop it in its tracks have now developed a more fundamental understanding of the process.             

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California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

December 23, 2014 11:15 am | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.        

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Computer scientists extend web browsers to make the internet safer

December 23, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

Stanford computer scientists have extended two popular web browsers to make surfing safer while also empowering web developers to deliver creative new services.                                                  

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New technique reveals immune cell motion through variety of tissues

December 22, 2014 10:47 am | Comments

Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system’s all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular and biochemical composition. Researchers collaborated to devise a new technique for understanding how neutrophils move in these confined spaces.

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Scientists reveal breakthrough in optical fiber communications

December 22, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

Researchers from the University of Southampton have revealed a breakthrough in optical fiber communications. Academics have collaborated to develop an approach that enables direct modulation of laser currents to be used to generate highly advanced modulation format signals.

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The VuePod: Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer

December 22, 2014 10:37 am | Comments

On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with a Kinnect-like Bluetooth device (called SmartTrack), while 3D glasses worn by the user create dizzying added dimensions. This real-life, computer-powered mega TV is not for gaming. It’s for engineering.

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Possible avenue to better electrolyte for lithium ion batteries

December 22, 2014 10:04 am | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that mobilize our electronic devices need to be improved if they are to power electric vehicles or store electrical energy for the grid. Berkeley Lab researchers looking for a better understanding of liquid electrolyte may have found a pathway forward.

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Lost memories might be able to be restored

December 22, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. For decades, most neuroscientists have believed that memories are stored at the synapsesm which are destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease. The new study provides evidence contradicting the idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses.

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221 new species described in 2014

December 22, 2014 9:58 am | Comments

In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added a whopping 221 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions.

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Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

December 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Joan Lowy and Jennifer Agiesta - Associated Press | Comments

Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.       

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NASA scientists find meteoric evidence of Mars water resevoir

December 19, 2014 2:26 pm | Comments

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.            

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Quantum physics just got less complicated

December 19, 2014 2:21 pm | Comments

An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing.               

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In one aspect of vision, computers catch up to primate brain

December 19, 2014 2:13 pm | Comments

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly.            

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Creating the fastest outdoor wireless internet connection

December 19, 2014 1:46 pm | Comments

Lancaster University engineers are to head up a European team working on the world’s first W-band wireless system, heralding the arrival of cost effective, high speed internet everywhere, every time.          

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New horizons for self - assembling materials

December 19, 2014 1:36 pm | Comments

Today’s 3-D printers, in which devices rather like inkjet-printer nozzles deposit materials in layers to build up physical objects, are a great tool for designers building prototypes or small companies with limited product runs.      

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Spider's web weaves way to advanced networks and displays

December 19, 2014 8:26 am | Comments

The next generation of light-manipulating networks may take their lead from designs inspired by spiders and leaves, according to a new report from two Boston College physicists and colleagues at South China Normal University.               

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